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Q Stars of the Week

November 10, 2014 Leave a comment

the offical logo of the the Quebec Major Junior Hockey LeagueGarland, Miceli and Chlapik named three stars of the week

Conor Garland, Angelo Miceli and Filip Chlapik were named today, the three stars of the week for November 3 to 9, 2014.

The first star of the week is awarded to Moncton Wildcats’ forward Conor Garland. In three games this week, he scored 3 goals, added 6 assists and maintained a +2 rating. Tuesday, against the Charlottetown Islanders, he tallied 4 points and was named the second star of the game in a 5-3 win. Against the Moncton Wildcats on Friday, he added three more points in a 4-1 win and was once again named the second star of the game. His team won again on Saturday, this time against the Halifax Mooseheads, where he had 2 assists, one of them on the tying goal at the 56th minute. He now has 30 points in 21 games which places him 8th in the league.

Victoriaville Tigres’ forward Angelo Miceli, is the second star. In three games he scored 3 goals, added 4 assists and maintained a +4 rating. Tuesday, he was named the second star of the game with one assist in a 4-2 loss to the Baie Comeau Drakkar. In a 4-0 win against the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday, he added another assist. Saturday, against the Val-d’Or Foreurs, he scored three goals and added two assists in a 8-5 win. He is now second in the League with 37 points, three behind the leader.

The third star is the Charlottetown Islander forward, Filip Chlapik. He tallied 7 points in four games. With his three points on Friday, he was awarded the first star of the game in a 4-1 win against the Gatineau Olympiques. Sunday, he got a goal and an assist in a 8-3 win against the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

Q League Three Stars of the Week

October 20, 2014 Leave a comment

the offical logo of the the Quebec Major Junior Hockey LeaguePhilippe Cadorette, Yan Pavel Laplante and Alex Bureau were named today, the three stars of the week for October 13 to 19, 2014.

Philippe Cadorette, goalkeeper for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar is the first star of the week. He got a perfect record of 3 wins, with back to back shutouts, a goals against average of 0.65 and a save percentage of .980. He started the week on Thursday with a 4-0 win over the Quebec Remparts then came back with another shutout on Friday, this time against the Rimouksi Océanic. He was named the first star of the game making 41 saves for his third shutout of the season and 13th in his QMJHL career, two behind the record of 15, held by Ryan Mior. Sunday, again against Rimouski, he helped his team with a 3-2 win in a shootout and a 7th consecutive win. He is tied in first position for his save percentage of .921.

The second star of the week is awarded to Yan Pavel Laplante, Victoriaville Tigres forward. In 2 games, both against the Shawinigan Cataractes, he collected 5 points. Friday, in the first home and home game, he scored the game winning goal in a 4-1 win. He finished the match with 2 goals, 1 assist, and was named the second star. Sunday, he got one goal, one assist and was named the first star of the game in a 4-3 win.

The Sherbrooke Phoenix goaltender, Alex Bureau is the third star of the week. In 2 games, he got 2 wins, had a goals against average of 1.44 and a save percentage of .945. Thursday against the Shawinigan Cataractes, he made 26 saves in a 7-1 win. Against the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Friday, he was named the third star with 28 saves in a 3-2 shootout win.

Cadorette, Penny and Allard Named Q League Stars of the Week

October 6, 2014 Leave a comment

the offical logo of the the Quebec Major Junior Hockey LeaguePhilippe Cadorette, Ryan Penny and Frédéric Allard were named today the three stars of the week for September 29 to October 5, 2014.

The first star of the week goes to Baie-Comeau goaltender, Philippe Cadorette. In 2 road games, he had a perfect record of 2 wins, a goals against average of 1.92 and a save percentage of .944. Friday, against the Victoriaville Tigres, he stopped 31 shots and all three players in the shootout to help his team win the game 3-2. Against the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Saturday, the Drakkar started slowly with only 3 shots in the first period but Cadorette kept his team in the game stopping 15 of the 16 shots he faced. He faced a total of 40 shots and the Drakkar came back to win the game 3-2.

Ryan Penny, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward, is the second star of the week. In 3 road games, he scored 6 goals on 16 shots, and won 55% of his face-offs. He scored the first goal of the game on Friday, which became the game winning goal since his team won 5-0 over the Halifax Mooseheads. Sunday against the Charlottetown Islanders he got a hat trick in another 7-0 shutout win. He now has 10 goals this season bringing his total to 13 points.

Frédéric Allard, Chicoutimi Saguenéens defensemen, is the third star of the week. He collected 5 points in 2 games which helped his team get 3 points out of a possibility of 4. In Gatineau, on Friday, he scored his first goal of the season and added 2 assists to help his team win 5-2 over the Olympiques. He added 2 more assists on Sunday against the Quebec Remparts despite his team’s 5-4 loss in overtime.

Loiseau, Farrell and Schweri Named Q Stars of the week

September 15, 2014 Leave a comment

the offical logo of the the Quebec Major Junior Hockey LeagueAlexis Loiseau, Kyle Farrell and Kay Schweri were named today the three stars of the week for September 10 to 14, 2014.

The first star of the week is awarded to Alexis Loiseau of the Rimouski Oceanic. In two games, the captain got seven points, including 3 goals. Friday against the Victoriaville Tigres, he started the season with a goal and two assists in a 6-5 win. Sunday, Loiseau continued his good start with 2 goals and 2 assists, which helped his team win a second game, this time against the Quebec Remparts.

Kyle Farrell, the Cape Breton Screaming forward is the second star of the week. In two road games, he got 5 of the 11 goals scored by his team. Friday, against the Moncton Wildcats, Farrell had 2 goals in a 6-3 win. He had his best game on Sunday against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan with 3 goals and an assist to help his team win the game 5-4.

Sherbrooke Phoenix forward, Kay Schweri is the third star of the week. In two games, Schweri got 7 points. Friday, in his first game in the League, the Swiss player got 4 assists on the first four goals for his team which allowed the Phoenix to open the season with a 6-1 win over the Quebec Remparts. On Sunday, he scored his first goal and added two assists in a 5-4 win against the Victoriaville Tigres.

Big Days Downtown

September 12, 2014 Leave a comment

You’ll notice the headline is Big Days Downtown. Emphasis on the plural of Days.

That’s because it took me more than a couple of days to spend my Big Day Downtown money.

So this year we were to ask our social networks how we should best spend the money given for our Big Day Downtown. I had some guidelines for the recommendations, but otherwise I was happy to hear what my friends thought.

Sailor Bups Barbershop raided by G-Men

Sailor Bups Barbershop raided by G-Men

The first thing I wanted to do for Big Day Downtown was not up for debatable. I needed a haircut, and I wanted to try Sailor Bups Barbershop for sometime. This was of course prior to the G-Men raiding the fine establishment, although I was close by to get some pictures of the actions.

I tried to head down to Sailor Bups on a Saturday evening. We were making a family outing of it as I had the wife and kids with me. The hope was for me to run in get a quick cut from the Bup while they strolled around town, but it didn’t quite work out that way. I underestimated the popularity of the Sailor. There was a lineup and with no appointments and the first come first serve policy, it was either sit and wait and leave my wife to watch our two boys for a little longer on her own, or go grab some food and take another stab at the haircut afterward.

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Big Day Downtown: Choose Your Own Adventure

August 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Big Day Downtown logoSo it is that time of year again. NO not back to school. It’s time for the Big Day Downtown.

I’ve been selected once again to highlight some of the great things that can be done in downtown Halifax. Every year there’s a twist, and this year is no different. Instead of allowing me to spend $150 however I want (read place $150 on red at Casino Nova Scotia roulette), the Halifax Downtown Business Commission wants to know what you think I should do with the money.

So, whatcha got?

But here’s a little info that I hope will frame you thinking. First something practical; I need a haircut. Badly. the flow is shifting to a flon’t. I am not someone that can get grow my hair out and it look alright. It just swirls around and upward like the topping of a hairy cupcake. Yeah! Sorry for the mental image. I suppose you could help me choose where, but I have been wanting to check out Sailor Bup’s Barbershop.

Really beyond that I am open to suggestions. I have a wife and two small kids, so ways to include them are welcome. My wife has a birthday coming up shortly and our anniversary in right around the corner. Now both those events take place after the September 12th deadline for the Big Day Downtown campaign. But if there are some creative ideas in that direction, I suppose gift cards could be purchased… loophole

My kids are two years old and five months. The older guy loves truck and climbing on things and the younger guy likes to put things in his mouth. The latter could be particularly unpalatable for suggestions downtown. Frankly these guys love most things we take them to, as long as we get outside.

Or of course you could choose that I could selfish. Since I am mainly into sports, checking out the new HFX Sports Bar could be pretty cool.

So I am all ears. I will take your ideas into consideration when planning my #BIGDAYDOWNTOWN.

As for the blog, it has been too long since I’ve been active here. That is going to change. I have a great post I have worked on for a while. It has just been the thing called life (see two small children above) and an actual day job.

Stay Tuned!

Team Canada Set to Defend Gold

January 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Yesterday Hockey Canada announced the 25 man roster for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Canada is in the enviable position that it could probably name two (maybe three) rosters that could compete for Gold. So naming a single 25 man team is going to come with a certain level scrutiny of the selections.

Canada’s 25 Man Roster

Goaltenders: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith

Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber

Forwards: Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews

I can’t really disagree with any of the players that Steve Yzerman and his assembled uber-staff chose to name to the team, as they are all certainly deserving. I would however have made some different choices. There are just a couple players that I would have not wanted to leave off my team. Read more…

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